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As for hobbies, causes and social issues that I am interested in, I would say that my love and compassion for animals top my list. I am a founding member of the Hachiko Coalition, small group who came together after the March 11 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear power plan disaster in Fukushima, Japan. We are located in Gainesville, Fla., Nappa Valley, Calif., and Toronto, Canada. We have a Facebook page with about 1000 followers. I also organize a trap, neuter, release (TNR) day with my neighbors at my home in Puerto Rico, where we trap feral cats and take them to the local veterinarian for low-cost spay or neuter surgery. This is purely done from out-of-pocket funds. I also belong to Twitter Action for Animals, a by invitation only page for people who tweet often about animal causes. Other interests inlcude traveling overseas, languages (the romance languages), gifting causes I believe in (my husband complains about this all the time), and yoga. Finally, I would not be true to myself and my readers if I did not come clean and include shopping for clothes and shoes as one of my favorite pass-times. Sure, it sounds pretty shallow, but I think this is every woman's little secret.